NORTH NEWS March 8, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

In-Person Learning

We continue to plan for the return to full in-person learning on Monday, March 22, 2021. We have been able to adjust scheduling (in order to provide the necessary social distancing for lunch) such that high school students in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) who selected the “In-Person” learning model will attend in-person five days per week, beginning on the March 22, 2021.

The high school plan and the new bell schedule that will be utilized are below. This new bell schedule will be utilized by all students - both in-person and remote.

As a reminder, this plan does not impact students who chose the remote learning model; those students will continue to learn remotely through the end of the school year.

Several important pieces of information were communicated at a recent BOE meeting regarding the return for all secondary students:

  • Maintaining 3-6 feet of space will not be possible in every situation. Staff will be working to arrange spaces throughout the building (including classrooms) to maximize the amount of space between students.
  • Proper masking will become increasingly important when distance can't be maintained. During the BOE meeting, there was a lot of talk from JCDHE and SMSD about double masking. While it is not mandatory, it was recommended.
  • Other mitigating efforts will continue throughout the building - classroom seating charts, classroom cleaning/sanitization, frequent/proper hand hygiene, limiting students in the bathroom, etc.



A note from the Nurse's Office

Attention all students and parents:

We are beginning the exclusion process for those students who have not had their state required immunizations. We’ve checked all the Missouri and Kansas Databases and that leaves us with several students who are NONCOMPLIANT.

Everyone who needs a vaccine has been emailed 3 times as a gentle reminder to get their immunizations up to date. Please help us update your immunization records, if you’ve received an email. We are not excluding remote learners from class participation from home. But they are not allowed on campus for any reason – sports clinics, computer help etc. They will not be able to attend school on the first day next year until we receive proper documentation of their vaccinations.

If you have any questions about this please call us at 913-993-6916 or 913-993-6907. Thank you all!

Mary Alice Kelly and Val Snow

SMN Tutoring

  • Mon/Wed - 3:20-4:20, ELA, ELL, Science
  • Tue/Thur - 3:20-4:20, Social Studies & Math

Click HERE to sign up

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

See the calendar below for reminders about the upcoming schedule.

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City of Mission "If I Were Mayor" Contest

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were elected to the top leadership position in the City of Mission? As Mayor what would you change? What would you do to make our City a better place? What are your “big ideas?”

In honor of the City’s 70th Birthday in 2021, Mission is introducing a “If I Were Mayor” student contest this spring. Mission students (public, private or homeschooled) are invited to submit an entry in one of the three categories listed below based on their age:

  • Elementary School (K-6) - Poster Contest

  • Middle School (grades 7-8) - Essay Contest

  • High School (grades 9-12) - Digital Media Presentations (e.g. video, PowerPoint, Prezi)

The student’s name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must appear all submissions, regardless of type. Contest entries will be judged by the Mayor and other city officials, and the winner in each category will be eligible to receive a $100 prize.

LOCAL CONTEST DEADLINE: Monday, March 22, 2021

Click Here for full contest information



College Visits

Virtual College Visit:

Rockhurst University

Tuesday March 9th @ 3pm


College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Countryside Child Development - Child care worker click here

Dandelions and Mud Puddles - Child care - Carrie Carter 913-825-0399

Johnson County Park & Rec - Before & Afterschool worker click here

JCPRD - Lifeguards, sports officials, concessions workers, and more click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here

YMCA - Lifeguard click here

YMCA - Before & After school care click here

ACT Prep Course

SMN Alum Darian Dozier is offering online ACT Workshop for students who may be interested. She is passionate about helping students who otherwise may not have access to materials that could help them with college admissions and has designed ACT Workshop session to help. The workshops will be Monday and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm. She will be alternating weeks with Mondays being for Math or Reading sections and Wednesdays being for Science or English sections. The workshops cost $10 for each class and the registration link can be found here. A video explaining why the ACT is so important and providing a little more information about these workshops can be found here.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Bowling: This last week, the Girls Varsity Team traveled to Wichita, Kansas for the KSHSAA 6A State Championship Tournament. While the ladies didn’t bowl as well as they wanted to, we still left with Alyssa Williams taking the 20th individual medal for her 560 series. Way to go Alyssa! A lot of parents and Dr. Higgins traveled down as well to cheer on the ladies! What a way to end the season!

The varsity boys’ basketball team had a solid showing in KSHSAA post-season action. The Tribe rolled the #1 seed KC-Harmon, 54-41. They were led by Jeremiah Manning and James Shepherd with 11 points each. Next up on the slate was #3 seed, Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars. The team hung tough the first half, but hot-shooting and solid defense from NW changed the course of the game and North lost 40-66. We were led by James Shepherd with 17 points.

To say it’s been an interesting year thus far is an understatement. A sincere, thank you to our coaches, sponsors and game management staff! We couldn’t host the events without you and your willingness to assist us with all the game and time changes. If you get the opportunity please thank our colleagues that coach, sponsor, game manage and/or supervise our athletic teams. Although these are paid positions the time commitment is huge! Parents and family members, we also thank you for your patience and for coming to our games and supporting all of our athletes.

We have a number of athletes who have received post-season honors; we will release that information soon.

Spring Sports Update:

The first week of spring sports season practices was awesome – the weather cooperated, and everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the sport they love. Our coaches and athletes are committed and eager for a great spring season. We begin competition the week of March 15.

Live Eligibility - The athletic department practices live eligibility via skyward reports daily. Please check on the status of your students grades to ensure he/she is passing five of seven classes to compete.


· Wednesday, May 5 NLI Athletic signing for all athletes in the Aux Gym @ 3:00pm

· North Relays, Friday, May 7

Notes from the Athletic Director

Live Eligibility - The athletic department practices live eligibility via skyward reports. A friendly reminder our student-athletes must be passing 5 courses in order to participate in competitions.

Dual Participation Athlete (JJ)If your student is interested in participating in two after-school activities please complete the DUAL ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION CONTRACT and schedule a meeting with both coaches and the athletic director.

Return to Play Update

The district has made the decision to change the doctors allowed to release students from COVID Return to Play to only MD, PO and APRN; DC and PA-C will be removed, as they do not have the ability to perform cardiac assessments.

KSHSAA Guidelines Return to Play

SMSD partners with The Health Partnership, which is a medical practice with family physicians and pediatricians; they also have equipment to perform an EKG. The Health Partnership the only federally funded health clinic in Johnson County. They accept families with no insurance as well as families with health insurance coverage. They have offices on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus and in Olathe.

Face coverings for all attending and supporting interscholastic activities. The only exception is for those actively participating in competition.


Student Recognitions

Congratulations to Giselle Garza for being chosen as a featured artist for this year's Youth Art Month show. Normally this show is in Topeka, but this year the work will be shown online through the Kansas Art Education Association website. Giselle was one of 31 artists chosen statewide for this honor. See her work below

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News from SMSD

SMSD Names New Superintendent - Dr. Michelle Hubbard

Dr. Michelle Hubbard
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Booster Club Zoom Meeting

The SMN All-Activities Booster Club will have our next meeting TODAY, Monday, March 8

Join us at 6:30pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 872 3215 0377

Passcode: 780587

The Booster Club offers Attendance Grants to all SMN clubs, groups, or teams who have an adult representative participate in Booster Club meetings throughout the year. If the representative (does not need to be the same person) attends at least 4 meetings a year, your group will get $100, attend 6 meetings and get $200!

Remaining 2020-21 Meeting Dates: Apr 19, June 7

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